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Many of history's most fearsome legendary monsters are based on real animals. The BHL Monsters Are Real campaign explores the stories, people, books, and animals that inspired such infamous beasts as Sea Serpents, the Kraken, Hydra, Mermaids, and Leviathans.

This collection contains centuries’ worth of monster images from books in the BHL collection.

Follow #bhlMonstersRreal on Twitter and Facebook, Oct. 27-31, 2014, to learn more.

Dragons

Dragons

10 photos

Leviathans

Leviathans

29 photos

Mermaids

Mermaids

40 photos

Squid & Octopuses

Squid & Octopuses

119 photos

Sea Serpents

Sea Serpents

69 photos

Monsters Are Real

Monsters Are Real

271 photos